Designing your Urban Homestead

Checklist of questions to consider when designing your urban homestead. Presented at the 2016 San Francisco Flower and Garden show.

Lead in Oakland Soils

DIY guide to treating toxic lead in garden soils. We worked with the US-EPA in the South Prescott neighborhood utilizing fish bones to trap lead in urban soils so it is not bio-available. Lessons learned from this practice inform the guide.

Bee-friendly Landscape Design Practices

A summary report about neonicotinoids and their threat to bees can be found on the Friends of the Earth website. We source our plantings for pollinator gardens from these fine nurseries that do not rely on neonic pesticides:

Annie's AnnualsSunnyside NurseryEast Bay WildsYerba Buena Nursery and Emerisa Nursery

Note: Since these nurseries propagate their own stock, many plant selections are only available in4" pots. The native nurseries tend to have larger stock. If you invest in a pollinator garden, it's important to realize that initial plantings require a little more time before growing into maturity.